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Boston Restaurants

Chances are you will only eat out a handful of times while you are here so eat like the Boston locals. Our guide to Boston Restaurants makes it easy to decide. We don't put together an exhaustive list of every restaurant in Boston, just the ones that are you are most likely to enjoy. We tried to put a variety of restaurants on the list, including Fine Dining Restaurants, Italian Restaurants, Steakhouses, French Restaurants, Seafood and more. Let us know what you think about our Boston Restaurants guide.


Boston Fine Dining Restaurant Top of the Hub Restaurant
800 Boylston St
Boston, MA
(617) 536-1775

Serving brunch, lunch, cocktails and dinner. Soaring 52 floors above Boston, Top of the Hub’s award winning cuisine, service and ambiance of comfortable sophistication blend with the serenity of Boston’s best skyline views to deliver a truly one-of-a-kind dining experience. Renowned for amazing corporate and private events, Top of the Hub Restaurant is a spectacular place where intimate memories are made and important deals are closed. The Top of the Hub is one of the best restaurants in Boston. I frequently use it for business lunches and dinners, as well as for personal use. The food is always excellent and the service is outstanding. I am impressed with the friendliness of the knowledgeable staff. —Michael Gaffin, Repeat Guest - Relax and enjoy a cocktail while listening to live jazz in our lounge, or celebrate and entertain in our main restaurants dining room. Top of the Hub Restaurant full-service, 145-seat white tablecloth restaurant and 190-seat lounge serve lunch, dinner, late dinner, Sunday brunch, and private functions. We provide full-service corporate and private events for up to 1000 guests at SkyWalk Observatory. Visitors to this landmark restaurant and lounge in Boston delight in local dishes and seafood while taking in its refined club-like atmosphere atop the Prudential Tower in Boston, Massachusetts. Guests can enjoy dancing with that special someone to the city’s best live jazz. NEW ENGLAND DISHES, CONTEMPORARY CUISINE Top of the Hub’s Restaurant creative menus reflect a balance of New England dishes blended with contemporary cuisine influenced by the cooking styles of Asia and California. Selections strongly emphasize the freshest New England fish and shellfish available, including Boston lobsters and New England clam chowder, along with the highest quality beef, veal, lamb, chicken and game that make up the changing, seasonal menus. In addition, Top of the Hub Restaurant sources hard-to-find wines, champagnes, and other specialty items to help our guests celebrate special events.

Upscale Boston Seafood Restaurant Atlantic Fish Company Restaurant
761 Boylston St
Boston , MA
(617) 267-4000

A landmark for Boston’s best seafood, Atlantic Fish Restaurant has been serving the freshest catch since 1978. Our menus are printed daily to reflect the quality of our offerings, sourced straight from the harbor every morning. Discover a taste of local waters in our dining room or on our outdoor patio.

Fine Dining Boston Restaurant No. 9 Park Fine Dining Restaurant
9 Park St, Boston
Boston, MA
(617) 742-9991

Located in an elegant townhouse in Boston’s historic Beacon Hill, No. 9 Park Restaurant provides an intimate setting in which to enjoy Chef Barbara Lynch’s refined cuisine. The restaurants menu showcases an artful blend of regionally-inspired Italian and French dishes with an emphasis on simplicity and flavor. Our wine list includes a number of old world wines from boutique vintners selected by award-winning wine director Cat Silirie. From the thoughtfully selected wines to the warm hospitality, No. 9 Park Restaurant in Boston continues to set the standard for fine dining in Boston, and has received numerous accolades including, but not limited to, AAA Four Diamond Rating, 2012 James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Wine Program, and Boston Magazine’s Best of Boston and 50 Best Restaurants lists. Our menus offer elegant, refined dishes drawing largely upon Italian and French influences and emphasize technique, creativity, and superb ingredients from farmers and purveyors we respect and admire. In addition to the dining room menu, available both as a three-course prix fixe and à la carte, we offer a seven-course chef’s tasting menu which changes weekly. Our wine list predominantly features the old world wines of France, Italy, Austria, and Germany as well as a selection of American wines from small producers. The wine program Cat Silirie has created is accomplished by extensive travel and research and by the education of the Boston staff. The carefully edited wine list represents Cat’s relationships with some of the world’s most talented and passionate winemakers who are dedicated to creating beautiful wines with a strong sense of place and a great respect for tradition. The celebrated bar program at No. 9 Park Restaurant echoes the vision of the kitchen and wine program. Classic cocktails are made using the freshest ingredients and skilled techniques with an emphasis on education, tradition, and modern innovation for Boston.

 Steakhouse Boston Restaurant Abe & Louie's Restaurant
793 Boylston St
Boston , MA
(617) 536-6300

Abe & Louie’s Restaurant sets the standard for the classic American steakhouse, offering unparalleled flavor combinations and undeniably superior service with an air of timeless sophistication in Boston. Abe & Louie’s Restaurant signature menu items, such as prime aged midwestern steaks and fresh seafood accompanied by seasonal produce, have earned several high-ranking awards from notable outlets since its debut. Coupled with an award-winning wine list featuring more than 200 globally sourced palates, Abe & Louie’s in Boston, and its sister restaurant in Boca Raton, remain beloved east coast restaurants. In 1965, Charles F. Sarkis established the modern restaurant business in Boston. Through the simple philosophy of providing guests with quality cuisine and artful service, Abe & Louie’s Restaurant was born into the Back Bay Restaurant Group family of concepts. Named after Charles’ father and good friend, Abe & Louie’s has since set the standard for steakhouses across the country, becoming known for its undeniably superior service and unmatched flavor combinations.

Boston Restaurant L'Espalier Restaurant
774 Boylston St
Boston , MA
(617) 262-3023

In the heart of fashionable Back Bay in Boston, adjacent to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Boylston Street, one block from the Hynes Convention Center, Prudential Center and Copley Place. L'Espalier Restaurant is walking distance to Symphony Hall, Berklee Performance Center and major colleges and universities. Part of the distinctiveness of dining at L’Espalier Restaurant is the menu selection. Each menu is a representation of Chef McClelland’s selections for the day but as the guest, you are welcome to mix and match from any of the offerings listed to essentially create your own menu. Sophisticated and modern New England-French cuisine, with an emphasis on artisanal and New England ingredients. L’Espalier Restaurant in Boston is often credited with being the first independently owned restaurant to bring haute cuisine to Boston, and doing so with a trailblazing commitment to using local, fresh ingredients from New England. Located on Boylston Street when it opened in 1978, L’Espalier Restaurant moved to a historic Back Bay Boston townhouse in 1982, only to return to Boylston Street in 2008 where it currently resides adjacent to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Under Chef, Proprietor, Author and now Farmer Frank McClelland’s stewardship, L’Espalier Restaurant has consistently been rated at the top of national and local best restaurant lists (Zagat, Boston Magazine, Frommer’s Travel Guide, Wine Spectator, among them). The restaurant has received numerous accolades including the "Distinguished Restaurant Award" from Mimi Sheraton, as well as being the first New England restaurant to receive four stars from The Boston Globe food critic, Alison Arnett. In 1996, Nation’s Restaurant News bestowed L’Espalier with its highest honor, inducting the restaurant into its “Fine Dining Hall of Fame.” L'Espalier is the only independent restaurant in New England to receive thirteen consecutive AAA Five Diamond Awards and also has earned fifteen consecutive Mobil (now Forbes) Four-Star awards. In response to these many accolades Chef McClelland would demur and shift the focus to the longevity and loyalty of his employees, some of whom have been part of his team for more than three decades.

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Boston Fine Dining Restaurant Stephanie's on Newbury Restaurant
190 Newbury St
Boston , MA
(617) 236-0990

Since its opening in 1994, Stephanie's Restaurant has been an institution in the heart of Boston's Back Bay. The upscale Newbury Street location offers shoppers, tourists, business travelers and locals a hearty meal in a cozy banquette or street-side with a perfect view for people-watching. Owner Stephanie Sokolove serves "sophisticated comfort food" in a relaxed and welcoming environment. The restaurant features a sidewalk cafe, club-like bar, cozy fireplace and sky-lit dining area. Over the years Stephanie's Restaurant in Boston has received accolades in numerous publications, including USA Today and The New York Times. Stephanie’s Restaurant on Newbury in Boston serves “Sophisticated Comfort Food” in a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. “Sophisticated Comfort Food” is the next generation of comfort food in that the food has bigger flavors and fresher ingredients with a simple yet elegant presentation. It is not about looking nostalgically to the past. It's about seeing the past as a springboard for inspiration and finding that perfect balance between delicious and chic. Our restaurants menu is made from scratch using only the best seasonal ingredients. According to Stephanie, “Sophisticated Comfort Food conjures up memories of childhood, family and home; it's old fashioned American favorites with a twist.” Our wine list, with its emphasis on value, features a variety of California wine in addition to wine from other major growing regions worldwide.

Boston Italian Restaurant Mamma Maria Italian Restaurant
3 North Square
Boston , MA

One of the most memorable features of Mamma Maria restaurant is the wonderful and striking view of downtown Boston. Our restaurant sits on a small hill overlooking the city. Floor-to-ceiling windows reveal a dramatic panorama contrasting the Boston skyline with the cobblestones of North Square -- the oldest public square in America -- and home to many pivotal figures in Boston and American history: Cotton Mather in the 17th century, Paul Revere in the 18th, Charles Dickens and Honey Fitz in the 19th century and Rose Kennedy in the 20th century. Mamma Maria Restaurant, with its five dining rooms, feels like a club. The food is high-end Italian: think Vin-Santo glazed suckling pig with beets and farro. You can book a tiny room for four or 28 guests in the La Terrazza room, which has windows on three sides. -Rachel Tavers, Boston Sunday Globe Magazine, June 10, 2012.

Boston Restaurant Meritage Restaurant Boston
70 Rowes Wharf
Boston , MA
(617) 439-3995

Meritage takes the unique approach of matching wine and food by offering small and large plates paired with specific wine characteristics. From world-class cuisine and an unmatched wine cellar featuring many library selections, to warm hospitality and the urban sophistication of our dining room overlooking Boston Harbor, we offer guests a unique and memorable dining experience. As one of New England's few Forbes four-star restaurants, Meritage awakens the senses, stimulates tastebuds and inspires guests for an evening of fine dining. Creative, whimsical, yet sophisticated, the cuisine at Meritage mimics the ambiance. Chef Daniel Bruce cooks with passion and a refined technique honed through years of culinary experience in France, Italy and the United States. Chef Bruce offers a global and ever-changing menu of wine-friendly food that showcases New England's changing seasons and honors the individual flavors of the freshest ingredients. The land and waters of New England have been lifelong companions of Chef Daniel Bruce – the primary source of food for his family growing up, and the primary inspiration for his culinary style. Committed to the finest, freshest ingredients the market has to offer, Chef Bruce has developed strong relationships with local farmers and purveyors over the years and bases his menus on what ingredients are at the peak of freshness. With a passion for food, wine and the art of pairing the two, Chef Daniel Bruce transformed the culinary landscape for wine and food enthusiasts when he opened Meritage in October 2002. Drawing inspiration from his experience as chef and Founder of the Boston Wine Festival, Chef Bruce took his love for creating dishes to match specific wine characteristics and turned it into Meritage – a haven for food and wine lovers to enjoy year-round.

Boston Restaurant Restaurant
8 Holyoke Street
Boston , MA

SANDRINE'S RESTAURANT TAKE A CONTEMPORARY APPROACH to classic French cooking, while chef-owner Raymond Ost sticks close to his Alsatian roots in both his modern menu and extensive wine list. At any given day at dinner or lunch, you'll find modern takes on traditional Alsatian classics like foie gras terrines, tartes flambée, choucroute bursting with sausages and sauerkraut, or baked escargot, perfectly comfortable side by side with grilled, seared or roasted meats, poultry and fresh seafood dishes. For more than a decade, Sandrine's Restaurant in Boston has evolved with the times, providing exactly what its Cambridge customers crave: cozy tables open to the street, a fire-warmed zinc bar for cocktails, specialties for carnivores and vegetarians alike, homemade desserts, and an enviable wine list. Owner Raymond Ost, one of the most decorated French chefs in the region, along with his partner Gwen Trost, has created a winning combination of European warmth and style with American efficiency, and regional acclaim has followed. Visit and see why Sandrine's Restaurant endures in Boston in an era of revolving door eateries. LIKE ANY FRENCH BISTRO worth its salt, the copper-topped bar at Sandrines Restaurant is a warm, welcoming spot to meet friends and colleagues. Imaginative seasonal cocktails, wine and beer and lighter fare like flammekeuche, housemade pates, mussels or cheese are offered at lunch and dinner daily.

Boston Restaurant Gaslight 560 Brasserie Restaurant
560 Harrison Ave
Boston , MA
(617) 422-0224

Gaslight Restaurant, Brasserie du Coin, (literally brasserie on the corner) is The Aquitaine Group’s classic neighborhood Parisian brasserie. Gaslight Restaurant, located at 560 Harrison Avenue in Boston’s historic South End, offers its guests French brasserie cuisine of impeccable quality and improbable value in an informal, old world, is new again setting. With its hand crafted Parisian zinc bar, reclaimed wood floors, mosaic tiles, beamed wood ceilings, nicotine stained walls and antique mirrors, Gaslight’s Restaurant in Boston is warm and inviting. Seating guests in an eclectic mix of bar, café tables, communal tables, booths and banquettes, Gaslight restaurant will be open seven days a week serving lunch, dinner, late night “Supper” and brunch on the weekends. Gaslight diners can choose from a large selection of classic French brasserie cuisine prepared by Chef de Cuisine Christopher Robins. Gaslight restaurant will offer an all French wine list with over 20 wines by the glass, ½ carafe and carafe with additional 60 selections on its reserve wine list. Suitable for all occasions, and for all times of the day and week, Gaslight Restaurant courts all who appreciate a great time. Free Parking available nightly and all day on weekends in our adjacent lot.

Boston Steakhouse Restaurant Mooo Steakhouse Restaurant
15 Beacon St
Boston , MA
(617) 670-2515

Mooo Restaurant located on Boston’s Beacon Hill, is a modern steakhouse adjacent to the luxurious XV Beacon Hotel. Chef/Owner Jamie Mammano uses his culinary expertise to create classic, yet modern steakhouse dishes. The warm modern décor provides a relaxed, sophisticated atmosphere. The restaurant is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, dinner and for an acoustic brunch on Sundays. Mooo Restaurant also offers a full bar and an award winning wine list. The private dining room at Mooo…. ‘The Wine Cellar’, offers the most exclusive private dining venue in Boston. The Wine Cellar offers service in an exquisite and elegant setting. The room boasts high-vaulted ceilings and shows off Mooo’s extensive wine list. It accommodates seated events for up to 50 guests and receptions of up to 65. Parlor Suites located within Bostons' XV Beacon Hotel also offer a perfect private dining venue for up to 14 guests.

Boston Restaurant Sportello's Italian Restaurant
348 Congress St
Boston , MA
(617) 737-1234

A modern interpretation of the classic diner, Sportello Restaurant (Italian for “counter service”) offers a menu of chef Barbara Lynch’s trattoria-inspired Italian dishes for lunch and dinner for all of Boston. Sportello restaurants casual, lively, Italian spirit is captured in the sleek, minimalist design of the cuisine — fresh pastas, creamy polenta, and simple soups — and in the supremely approachable, artisanal wine list created by wine director Cat Silirie. Sportello’s Italian Restaurant spirit is reflected in the seasonal dishes created each day - fresh, handmade pastas, creamy polentas, beautifully composed salads, and inventive, balanced entrees. From Chef Barbara’s signature tagliatelle bolognese, to strozzapreti with braised rabbit, and Rohan duck with farro and roasted carrots, Sportello Restaurant in Boston features comforting, trattoria-inspired dishes made with fresh ingredients. Sportello’s casual, lively, Italian spirit is captured in the sleek, minimalist design of the space. Sportello is a modern interpretation of a diner with two “U”-shaped counters situated around an open kitchen. Take a seat at the counter and enjoy a bowl of handmade pasta and a glass of wine from wine director Cat Silirie’s approachable, artisanal wine list. Sportello does have several tables for more conventional seating. They are available for parties of five or more or by request. Requests are honored based on availability.

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We hope we made it easier to decide between all the Boston Restaurants you could eat at.

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